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Eric Jorink

  • Prof. dr. Eric Jorink
  • Researcher
  • Department of History of Science and Scholarship
  • Specialisation: scientific culture of the early-modern era
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Eric Jorink (1963) studied History and Philosophy at the University of Groningen and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He was lauréat of the Fondation Prix de Paris in 1993. In 2004 he was awarded his doctorate cum laude at the University of Groningen for a thesis on the relation between science and religion in the Dutch Golden Age. The dissertation was awarded with a prize of the prestigious Praemium Erasmianum Foundation. Since 2001 Jorink has been working as a researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (KNAW – Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) in The Hague. Jorink has widely published on the scientific culture in early modern Europe, including the culture of collecting, the relation between art and science, and the emergence of radical biblical criticism.

In 2012-213 he was Andrew W. Mellon visiting professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Here he taught, together with Joanna Woodall, the MA ‘Visualizing Knowledge in the Early Modern Netherlands’ and was member of the Research Forum. Jorink is currently finishing a biography of Johannes Swammerdam (1637-1680). He is book review editor of Isis. An International Review devoted to the History of Science and its Cultural Influence, and is member of the editorial board of Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art. In 2013 he was appointed professor extraordinarius at Leiden university, on behalf of Teylers Foundation, ‘Enlightenment and Religion’.

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Additional Positions

  • Secretary Dr. C. Louise Thijssen-Schoute Stichting
  • Professor by special appointment Teylers Stichtingat the Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden University

Major publications:

  • (With D. van Miert eds) Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) between Science and Scholarship.  Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 214 (Leiden 2012).
  • (With A. Maas eds) Newton and the Netherlands. How Isaac Newton was fashioned in the Dutch Republic  (Leiden 2012) .
  • (With B. Ramakers eds) Art and Science in the Early Modern Low Countries. Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art/Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 61 (Zwolle 2011).
  • Reading the Book of Nature in the Dutch Golden Age, 1575-1715. Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 191. Translated by Peter Mason (Leiden 2010).


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